What’s a community group to do when it doesn’t want a behemoth new development next door but also doesn’t want to get dismissed as a bunch of NIMBYs?

It OK’s a smaller, pared-down version of the same development. That’s the route the Carmel Valley planning group went Thursday night when it finally weighed in on the controversial One Paseo project.

The group’s vote isn’t binding, but Andrew Keatts notes that it could help to shape the debate as it moves forward: The City Council “can only reject or approve Kilroy’s proposal, and Kilroy says it’s moving forward with the existing project. Council members opposed to the project could still try out the idea of urging Kilroy to build a smaller version, rather than opposing it outright.”

More Minimum Wage Stats Under the Microscope

San Diego Magazine’s Troy Johnson cast some serious shade this week on minimum wage proponents’ claim that food servers in San Diego earned just a little over $9 an hour on average last year – including tips.

Caty Green highlights Johnson’s reporting and other facts and figures that have been leveraged by both sides in the minimum wage fight in this very useful rundown.

A Bore of an Election

California’s mostly in for a snooze-fest of an election season.

That’s because there are only a handful of tight races across the state. That actually makes Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins big priority – maintaining a Democratic supermajority – pretty hard, Brian Joseph writes in our latest Sacramento Report: “Atkins is going to have to orchestrate a masterful election strategy statewide and basically run the table on competitive seats.”

What We Learned This Week

Democrats used to hate the vote-by-mail bill they wrote and helped pass this session.

• San Diegans could shell out more than people in any other city to use the new bike-share program.

• The megabond to repair our crumbling infrastructure has taken a backseat to other issues – even though the mayor and others still think we should spend more on fixing what’s broken.

Financial experts don’t think Poway’s new plan to save money on its bond deal will save any money on its bond deal.

• Disadvantaged students are doing better in charter schools than public schools.

Quick News Hits

• Councilwoman Marti Emerald announced Friday that she’s battling breast cancer. (10 News)

• A few months ago, an alternate to the MTS board told us: “You have people making decisions, on the board, who don’t use the system.”

He’s not alone: CityLab details a growing movement in cities across the country to force transit authorities to actually use public transit: “Such a practice would be unimaginable in private industries — think of an Apple employee using a PC.”

• RIP, Six Californias. (NBC Bay Area)

• San Diego County has a legal pot shop.

Quote of the Week

“There will be medical supplies in the vehicle. There will be teddy bears in the vehicle. There will be trauma kits in the vehicle in the event any student is injured, and our officers are trained to give first aid and CPR” – Ruben Littlejohn, police chief for the San Diego Unified School District, on the new mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.

Sara Libby

Sara Libby was VOSD’s managing editor until 2021. She oversaw VOSD’s newsroom and content.

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